Thursday, August 21, 2014

Carrot and Radish Seeds Progress.

Here's a short video showing the progress of the Carrot and Radish seeds planted in pots.

Cheers and happy gardening


Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Starting Sweet Potatoes

I know little about Sweet Potatoes (Ipomoea batatas) and even less about getting them started but I'm not going to let that stop me from having a go.

Forest Hill Farm Stall

A few weeks back riding home from Jerry Colby-Williams open garden I stopped at a roadside stall outside Forest Hill called Forest Hill Farm Stall.

Phil Dudman

Now I'd been reading in the September issue of Organic Gardener a story by Phil Dudman about growing and getting sweet potato started.

So when I saw the sweet potato at the farm stall I just had to get one and have a go at starting my own.

Roughly following Phil's advice this is what I've come up with.

He also says you can start from cuttings, aka slips, if you know of someone that has a crop already which I don't.

It's planting Time.

I cheated and copied and pasted this list but it is a good comprehensive list so I'm putting it up here.

Where did I pinch it from? Well here of course. Eden Seeds Newsletter.

It's time to plant for your spring veggie garden


Check your needs of the following vegetable seeds now, or whatever you need for your area from the full catalogue.

  • Amaranth
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Bean, Bush
  • Bean, Climbing
  • Bean, Climbing Snake Bean
  • Beetroot
  • Capsicum
  • Carrot
  • Celeriac
  • Celery
  • Chilli
  • Corn
  • Cucumber

  • Eggplant
  • Gourd
  • Lettuce
  • Luffa
  • Mustard Greens
  • Okra
  • Pumpkin
  • Radish
  • Rhubarb
  • Rockmelon
  • Rosella
  • Salad Greens, Endive
  • Salsify
  • Spinach, Ceylon
  • Spinach, New Zealand
  • Squash, Button
  • Sunflower
  • Tomato
  • Turnip
  • Watermelon
  • Zucchini

  • Herbs

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Seed planting

I didn't have a whole lot planned for today due to the forecast for rain in our area.

We ended up with 23mm yesterday (Saturday) and woke up to bright sunshine this morning.

As it turned out it became a good day for planting seeds.

Seed planting

Water Cress - Nasturtium officinale. Started out by sprinkling some Water Cress seeds over about a one meter square area and watering them in.

I've never grown Water Cress before so this'll be a new learning curve for me. Seed purchased from The Seed Collection.

Tomato - Australian Red. A bush tomato with medium sized fruit. This plant produces large flat red fruit and it is noted for its ability to form ripe tomatoes in cool summer areas.  Seed purchased from Rangeview Seeds.

Eggplant -Taskeniki, Rosa Bianca and Red Square. What was I thinking? Three varieties of eggplant. 

That's right, I was trying to make the order up to ten dollars so I could get free postage  and  they were appealing to me too. Seed purchased from The Seed Collection.

Alyssum - Royal Carpet. Something to feed the bees with.
Seed purchased from The Seed Collection. 

Tomato - Cherry Roma. Picked these up from Bunnings. 

I was looking for a cherry tomato when I saw these. This will be the first time growing these so I'm curious to see how they turn out.

 Coriander. These seeds are from a coriander plant I let go to seed and then collected the seeds for my self to see if I can become more self sufficient.

Other seeds I've collected are Basil, Pumpkin and Beans (dwarf), not a huge list by all means but I have radish and rocket going to seed now that I'll collect. As I get better I'll increase my varieties.

A part from weeding and mulching some rose and bamboo prunings that just about covers my day in the veggie garden. One more thing, the bamboo prunings were from a lattice structure I built for some climbing beans, Purple King, also purchased from Bunnings.



Saturday, August 16, 2014


It's been raining lightly here on and off all day.

Very nice.



Thursday, August 14, 2014

Comfrey Tea

Really not to sure how well it would work but this looks it might be worth a go.

Has anyone tried to make comfrey tea this way before?

How did it go if you did?